Most say time to stop trying to repeal ‘Obamacare’

“I think there are a couple of Republicans that need to get in line and need to understand that the American people spoke out very loudly on November 8 when they put Donald Trump in office and they want to see these things happen”. Only 34 percent of Americans agree with him, while 62 percent favor moving on, including 47 percent of Republicans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Friday.

The Republican Party’s struggles to make any headway on health care reform have raised concerns about the future of President Trump’s agenda, including tax reform and Trump’s promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare in particular.

Only 17 percent of the public — and 40 percent of Republicans — think the Trump administration should take steps to make the health law fail, the survey said. Insurers said such a move would force them to leave the health law marketplaces or raise premiums.

Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government.

Instead of coming up with policies that could pass the House and Senate with bipartisan support, the White House and the Senate Majority Leader are pointing fingers and placing blame for their collective failure to repeal Obamacare. This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 per cent) as well as half of Republicans (52 per cent) and Trump’s supporters (51 per cent).

For example, 6 in 10 Republicans and Trump backers want the GOP to continue its repeal and replace drive in Congress.

Trump has frequently tried pressuring Democrats to negotiate on health care by threatening to halt federal subsidies to insurers.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted August 1-6 and involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,211 adults.

The poll was “based on telephone interviews conducted August 2-6, 2017, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia”.